Film therapy

24th May 2017

News, Alumni news

War, trauma and surf therapy are the subjects of a new documentary film by Wadham alumnus Wynn Padula (Sarah Lawrence Programme, 2000-01).


Resurface documents the moving story of Iraq war veteran Bobby Lane, struggling with trauma and depression after his military service. The film demonstrates the healing effects of surfing for those with traumatic brain injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and missing limbs. Tribeca Film Festival screened the film and it was promptly purchased for international distribution. 

Wynn Padula, film director and cinematographer, is Owner and Director of Photography at Fast and Light Productions, a San Francisco video production company started by two cinematographers who specialize in high-quality, fast-turnaround projects.

Wynn has directed and shot hundreds of TV episodes, documentaries, commercials and branded content videos ranging from Adobe to HBO. He is well known for his work on the Oscar shortlisted film SLOMO, the story of Dr John Kitchin who gave up his medical career to pursue his passion: skating along the boardwalk of San Diego's Pacific Beach.

After leaving Wadham, Wynn received his M.F.A. in Directing and Cinematography from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television in 2007, where he had the opportunity to learn from Francis Ford Coppola, Roger Deakins and Janusz Kaminski. Later Wynn worked in Story Development for Roger Corman and NBC as well as becoming a filmmaking professor at UNC Chapel Hill in 2008. It was after this that Wynn moved to San Francisco and focused full time on cinematography, leading him to start Fast and Light Productions with fellow Director of Photography, Owen Bissell.

Wynn shot and directed The Breeze Team (second place winner, Canadian International Film Festival), Rainbow Klansmen (Mill Valley Film Festival), Felicia's House and Lynx (Best Short Film, Wild & Scenic Film Festival).

  • Wynn Padula on location

    Wynn Padula on location